DC Mayor calls out National Guard for upcoming pro-Trump protests, tells residents to avoid downtown

WASHINGTON, DC — Members of the D.C. National Guard will be patrolling the streets of our nation’s capital on Wednesday as thousands of President Donald Trump supporters descend downtown to protest the 2020 election results. The President has said he plans to attend the gathering.

On Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced she has requested the National Guard to patrol the streets between January 5-7 to assist with protests. She is asking residents to avoid downtown on Tuesday and Wednesday:

“I am asking Washingtonians and those who live in the region to stay out of the downtown area on Tuesday and Wednesday and not to engage with demonstrators who come to our city seeking confrontation, and we will do what we must to ensure all who attend remain peaceful.”

Thousands of people are expected in D.C. to protest the election results as Congress meets to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Several groups have applied for First Amendment activity permits for Wednesday. The Women for America First has filed a permit for 5,000 attendees. The Eighty Percent Coalition also applied for a permit for 10,000 attendees.

President Donald Trump has refused to concede the election, citing widespread voting and ballot fraud. He claims that it is “statistically impossible” that he lost the election. He said on Twitter that he plans to attend the protests:

“Peter Navarro releases 36-page report alleging election fraud ‘more than sufficient’ to swing victory to Trump https://washex.am/3nwaBCe. A great report by Peter. Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election. Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!”

In another tweet, the President said:

We are not acting to thwart the democratic process; we are acting to protect it. We’ve seen in the last few months, unprecedented amounts of voter fraud.” 

Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller approved the Mayor’s request on Monday. Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, issued a statement saying:

“At the request of Mayor Muriel Bowser, the District of Columbia National Guard is in a support role to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) which will enable them to provide a safe environment for our fellow citizens to exercise their first amendment right to demonstrate.

“Our main mission is augmenting select traffic control points and metro stations identified by MPD.”

During a Monday news conference, Mayor Bowser said people should avoid confrontations with protesters “looking for a fight.” She warned:

“We will not allow people to incite violence, intimidate our residents, or cause destruction in our city.”

 A defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said approximately 115 National Guard members will be deployed in the city. About 340 personnel will be activated in total to assist police with controlling metro stations and enforcing street closures, according to a National Guard statement.

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Guard members will not be armed and will not be wearing body armor.

The guard will assist the Metropolitan Police Department with crowd and traffic management, MPD’s acting chief, Robert Contee, said during a Monday morning press conference. According to Contee, the department expects the crowd to be larger than two previous pro-Trump events in the city last year:

“Some of our intelligence certainly suggests there will be increased crowd sizes. There are people intent on coming to our city armed.”

The mayor denied any active duty military will be active in the city during the protests, according to The Washington Post. Most of downtown will be closed off, including the White House, National Mall, and U.S. Capital.

In early December, D.C. was rocked by violence when Antifa and Proud Boys clashed in the streets following a pro-Trump rally. The chaos led to dozens of arrests and four people being stabbed. Two police officers were hospitalized.

The protests aim to pressure Republicans in the House and Senate to oppose the election results. Members of both houses must oppose the Electoral College vote for any attempt to succeed. If one House member and one Senator object to a state’s electoral votes, two hours of concurrent debate and votes are triggered in each chamber.

The law requires Congress to hold a joint session on January 6 to ratify Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win. Objections from Republicans in both houses are expected, which will force debate. Majorities in both the House and Senate would be required to be successful in the challenge, unlikely with a Democrat-controlled House.

At least 140 House Republicans have agreed to vote against the election results. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) is spearheading the effort in the House. He told Fox News host Martha MacCallum:

“There are now dozens in the House of Representatives who are persuaded as I am that there’s been massive voter fraud and election theft, and we can either accept that or fight that, and we’ve chosen to fight.

“It’s looking very promising on the House side. We do need senators who will stand up for America, for our republic, for our election system. We’ll see how that plays out.”

Eleven Republican senators announced they would vote to reject the Electoral College votes of several states on Wednesday as “not lawfully certified” unless Congress appoints a commission to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election results.

Republican senators who agreed to oppose the Electoral College results are Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Lanford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Kennedy (R-LA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL).

A joint statement issued Saturday by the group of opposing Senators said:

“Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed. By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes.

“Whether or not our elected officials or journalists believe it, that deep distrust of our democratic processes will not magically disappear. It should concern us all. And it poses an ongoing threat to the legitimacy of any subsequent administrations.

“We are not naïve. We fully expect most, if not all, Democrats, and perhaps more than a few Republicans, to vote otherwise. But support of election integrity should not be a partisan issue.

“A fair and credible audit-conducted expeditiously and completed well before January 20-would dramatically improve Americans’ faith in our electoral process and would significantly enhance the legitimacy of whoever becomes our next President. We owe that to the People.

Sen. Johnson defended the opposition to the results, saying “a large percentage of the population don’t view this election as legitimate” and over the past four years “the other side never acknowledged the legitimacy of President Donald Trump.” He continued:

“I’m not going to do what Democrats and many in the media want us to do, which is just shut up, sweep all of this under the rug and move on.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has come out against the movement to oppose affirmation of the Electoral College vote. He has asked Republican senators not to object when the joint session opens, calling this Electoral College vote the “the most consequential vote” of his government career.

President Donald Trump has called out Republicans who have supported the Electoral College vote, including Speaker McConnell, who has congratulated President-elect Biden on his election victory. President Donald Trump tweeted:

“The ‘Surrender Caucus’ within the Republican Party will go down in infamy as weak and ineffective ‘guardians’ of our Nation, who were willing to accept the certification of fraudulent presidential numbers!”

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